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Homemade CD Spinner Toy

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Learn how to make a fun CD Spinner Toy. This is a great way to keep kids busy & entertained for a while!  Use this as a fun STEM project for your lessons!

We have been participating in our summer library program this year and I am always so impressed with the creative things they do with the kids. Last week the theme was all about color. They read some darling books to the kids about color and did some color mixing with colored water.

The craft was what I loved this week, though.  They made the funnest little CD spinner toy that my kids have been playing with all week. This CD spinner craft is simple and could be great for a craft day with the kids, a birthday party, or any other event with lots of kids.

What I Love About This CD Spinner Toy:

  • It’s creative and hands-on for kids.
  • It uses recycled materials!
  • It’s a science lesson, and a craft!
  • It’s fun to make and to play with once it’s done.

How to Make a CD Spinner Toy

You just need old CD’s, a bottle cap, marbles, and some paper to color for the design on top.

CD Spinner Toys

The website I got the template from originally no longer exists unfortunately.  You could use my fun patterns from my Penny Spinner, though!

You could also easily do this with any pattern you want. Just cut a paper the size of a CD and color it as desired. Then glue the paper onto the top of the CD. We used glue sticks to make ours.

recycled CD and bottle cap spinner toy

Once your paper is on, use a hot glue gun to glue the bottle cap to the top side of the CD, over the top of the paper. Use a marble and hot glue it into the hole on the bottom side of the CD spinner. The marble will be the base used to spin the toy.

recycled cd

My kids all ended up choosing the same pattern when they made them. I love how they turned out! It is a fun craft that keeps kids busy.

cd spinners

Just one little warning- the marble does come out after a little while, so watch your little ones with it!

The Science Behind This Spinning Toy:

This project would be a fun tie in to a physics lesson on motion and forces! A spinning ty is an example of potential and kinetic energy. You apply a force which changes the force from potential (energy at rest) into kinetic (energy in motion).

See More Related Projects:

STEM Toy: Penny Spinners

Twirligig~ Rainbow Paper Spinner Toy

Space STEM: Shooting Star Spinner Toy

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